BALANCE visits The Dundas Arms, Kintbury
Looking for a respite from the city? Head to the charming town of Kintbury for an idyllic weekend retreat by the river. The perfect base for a fly fishing trip or taking a boat trip down the river and canal, The Dundas Arms is your quintessential country retreat.
90 minutes from London, nestled in the North Wessex Downs is the quaint village of Kintbury. A fantastic weekend escape, The Dundas Arms sits right beside the Kennet and Avon canal. While it’s possible to spend hours walking beside it, if even that feels a little too active for weary city-dwellers, there is a shire horse-drawn canal boat that operates daily too.
Recently refurbished, the Dundas Arms is a Grade II listed Georgian building which has been lovingly restored with a country boutique vibe. Choose from a ‘House Room’ or ‘River Room’ with its own private terrace on overlooking the canal. A lovely change of scenery to the Thames and much quieter too, we slept like babies.
With a vegan among us, we were apprehensive that a pub menu wouldn’t accommodate for this but we were pleasantly surprised and dinner at the Dundas Arms is a real must. The kitchen had several options and we both enjoyed a three-course meal ending in a delicious dark chocolate, hazelnut and candied orange tart.
After 20,000 steps the previous day, we were still hungry in the morning and enjoyed an epic breakfast.
Kintbury is a great base for exploring Berkshire so make the most of your visit and head out to Highclere Castle and Gardens (the setting for Downton Abbey), White Horse Hill or Donnington Castle for a touch of history.